A fun cocktail for Halloween that looks gross (and is filled with slimy frog eggs/eyeballs that are actually boba tea balls!) but tastes quite sophisticated from the combination of mint, Green Chartreuse, lime, gin, and Aperol. —fiveandspice
boba tea tapioca pearls (I used black ones I found on Amazon)
First prepare the boba tapioca balls. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then add the 1/4 cup sugar and the tapioca balls. Wait until the tapioca balls float to the surface, then cover and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, or until they reach your desired softness. Drain and run cold water over them for about 30 seconds. Set aside.
To make each cocktail, muddle 5 mint leaves in the bottle of a cocktail shaker. Add 1 ounce each Chartreuse, gin, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill the shaker 2/3 to 3/4 full of ice and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
Dump the contents of the shaker into a tall cocktail glass, and stir in a couple spoonfuls of the cooked tapioca balls. Gently spoon 1/4 ounce of Aperol over the top, then serve immediately with a straw. Repeat to make the remaining three cocktails.
I like to say I'm a lazy iron chef (I just cook with what I have around), renegade nutritionist, food policy wonk, and inveterate butter and cream enthusiast! My husband and I own a craft distillery in Northern Minnesota called Vikre Distillery (www.vikredistillery.com), where I claimed the title, "arbiter of taste." I also have a doctorate in food policy, for which I studied the changes in diet and health of new immigrants after they come to the United States. I myself am a Norwegian-American dual citizen. So I have a lot of Scandinavian pride, which especially shines through in my cooking on special holidays. Beyond loving all facets of food, I'm a Renaissance woman (translation: bad at focusing), dabbling in a variety of artistic and scientific endeavors.